# Unschooling: Our July 2015 adventures

If last month had a theme, it would Arnold Schwarzenegger. Which is cool, because his birthday was in July. Ashar wants to do a celebrity birthday post about him, but we didn’t quite there before his birthday, so it’ll come… eventually.

But we also did some other cool stuff, like heading to a local wildlife preserve, finishing a huge jigsaw puzzle, getting ready for the 4-H fair and more.

We took one of our tiny owls, Meego, to Isaac’s for dinner. And made him a set of skis from some straws and toothpicks. And then, at right, we went to Lake Tobias and fed real-life goats.

(If this is your first time catching our month-in-review posts, welcome! Check out our archive of previous wrapups here for some more info on why we take this approach to documenting some of our unschooling learning adventures.)

We went to the King of Prussia Mall, a huge mall about two hours away. In it, we found this McLaren. You know, a car that costs a mortgage? Ashar wanted it.

### Books

In addition to teaching Scoops the Giant Penguin some geometry, we’re teaching her to drive. This is why we can’t have a McLaren.

A fun note about that last item: We’re actually teaching our gigantic stuffed penguin, Scoops, geometry.

You might have noticed in previous posts that we are all about our stuffed friends.

Each friend has a specialty; some are chefs, some are web developers, some are huggers, and for whatever reason, Ashar decided Scoops was a Geometry Penguin.

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So we’re reading the penguin a geometry book at night in which she and her fellow stuffed friends act out concepts like point, line, plane, collinearity and more.

Don’t you wish your family had a two-foot-tall Geometry Penguin? You know you do.

And, side side note, while Life of Fred is described as a Christian series, we are a secular homeschooling family and haven’t had any problems using the fairly few spiritual references we’ve found as talking points about what different people believe, which we like to do anyway.

Of note this month: It’s gearing up for county fair and 4-H fair time, so lots of alpaca practice. This is Ashar with Coal, this year’s project animal, working on showmanship with Teresa, one of the club’s awesome leaders.

### Movies and TV

Ashar and I got red hair. Hers redder than mine.

### Video, board and card games

• Star Fluxx
• A chess app that Ashar found for her iPod Touch; this may have been sparked by watching Searching for Bobby Fischer, as I noted above!
• A homemade game called Terminator Attack (made from combining dominoes, Lego Heroica and Minotaurus, and poker chips); making our own games is kind of a hobby of ours and this was a fun one!
• MLB 15: The Show
• FIFA 2015

Also at Lake Tobias, on the safari tour: Ashar and Kaitlyn got a visit from an elk.

### Places, projects and odds and ends

Sadness from Inside Out found the perfect job: Lamenting my puzzle piece Situation.

• One of our biggest accomplishments in July was planning for 10th grade; we’ll see what comes of that plan as the year progresses!
• Ashar and I both got red hair.
• Ashar, Kaitlyn and I spent a Sunday at Lake Tobias, a wildlife park about an hour and a half from home that offers safari tours, a great reptile show and more.
• Ashar also took part in a Lego robotics camp where she used Robot C to program a Lego NXT robot to do cool stuff. This camp was HARD – but she stuck with it, which made us super-proud.
• We finished a 1,000-piece paint can jigsaw puzzle (which ended up having two of one piece and none of another piece, grr!) and a 2,000-piece America jigsaw puzzle.

So what’s new with your family this month? Drop me a comment! I love hearing from all my “blog friends!”

## 7 thoughts on “Unschooling: Our July 2015 adventures”

1. A “math stuffed friend” may be just the ticket! Can’t wait to try it.

• Awesome, Ruth! And don’t forget to reward the friend with a tiny certificate of proficiency. Ours all have them! (Yes, I might be ridiculous!)

2. Phyllis says:

Your family has a rich and beautiful life. Lake Tobias Animal Park attracted my attention, not only because we love animals, but because my youngest, Quentin’s middle name is Tobias. I am putting it on my list for next year’s summer adventure. (I would put it on this summer’s but it is already full.) So good to see a post from y’all.